Article 4FHX5 In modern Britain, hunger has become normal. That is an outrage | Shaista Aziz

In modern Britain, hunger has become normal. That is an outrage | Shaista Aziz

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Shaista Aziz
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The UK is a rich country, but food poverty is now a daily reality for many families. This is not inevitable

• Shaista Aziz is a Labour councillor in Oxford

That the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty, along with researchers from a global human rights organisation, had to come to my home city, one of the most affluent in the world, is a source of profound shame. Now the UK government has been accused of breaching its international duty to keep people from hunger by pursuing “cruel and harmful policies” with no regard for the impact on children living in poverty.

Human Rights Watch’s researchers have been examining food poverty in Hull, Cambridge and Oxford, where I’m a councillor in a ward where hunger is affecting increasing numbers of children and families, as it is across the country.

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